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Australian Racing: Hyde Park ready to impress

There are seven meetings set to take place on Sunday, including action at Ballarat and Sunshine Coast.

Race 8 Ballarat

Hearts And Minds @ 21.00

Race 6 Sunshine Coast

Hyde Park @ 2.20

Race 6 Casterton

Port Louis @ 4.60

Heart And Minds shines in the wet

The concluding race on the Ballarat card is a competitive looking Benchmark 64 contest set to take place on a heavy 8 track over 1400m.

HEARTS AND MINDS has shown a liking for wet tracks in the past, with both of the geldings previous victories coming on heavy surfaces.

The first of those came when taking out a maiden plate over this 1400m distance on a heavy 8 track at Echuca 12 months ago, with his next start resulting in a third-place finish over this track and trip.

The pick encountered a heavy 10 track when narrowly winning a 1425m Class 1 event at Geelong in June last year and, while he has yet to score since, he has placed on ground quicker than ideal.

The 21.00 selection raced in a Benchmark 64 event when beaten half-a-length into third in a 1600m contest on a good 4 track at Pakenham in January on his penultimate start.

A below-par effort over 1800m on a good 3 surface at Sandown Hillside followed.

The Patrick Payne-trained gelding can be forgiven that Sandown Hillside effort and coming into this on the back of a barrier trial at Tatura he is taken to return to winning ways back on a heavy track.

Hyde Park to break his maiden

The most valuable race on the Sunshine Coast card comes up as the sixth contest, a 1400m open handicap set to take place on a soft 5 track.

Purveyor showed up well in placing in a couple of barrier trials prior to debuting with a win and he looks likely to have his supporters from barrier nine.

Damien Thornton, on board for both of those efforts barrier trial efforts, returns to the saddle with his mount having won by a length when contesting a 1400m Class 1 contest at Beaudesert on debut.

That Beaudesert success came on a good 4 track and, while expected to go well, preference is for the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained HYDE PARK.

The 2.20 selection won twice from five starts, including at Randwick April 18th, and delivered a good fourth, beaten just under two-and-a-half-lengths when debuting there 11 days later.

The son of Spirit Of Boom should have no issues with the step up in distance, having performed over 1100m that day and with a good alley five off the rail, can break his maiden at the second attempt.

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Port Louis primed to deliver

The sixth race at Casterton is an interesting 1200m Benchmark 70 handicap.

A soft 6 track is expected for the sprint contest, with Rivkin expected to have his supporters following a three-and-a-half-length third when competing at Benchmark 78 level at Warrnambool recently.

That effort came in a six-runner contest held on a heavy 10 track however and, while the gelding has drawn the rail here, he looks opposable, with 4.60 PORT LOUIS preferred on this occasion.

Trained by Denis Daffy & Harriet Place, the gelding delivered a victory over this 1200m trip when tackling a heavy 10 track at Terang on his penultimate outing.

The selection proved a disappointment when tackling a strong event at Warrnambool subsequently, but he can be forgiven that effort having jumped at big odds when finishing 11th of 14.

The four-year-old is expected to race behind the speed here and jumping from barrier five looks well placed to employ such tactics successfully to deliver a third career success.

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